April 10, 2014

Cover Story

Utah Innovation Awards

PRESENTED BY STOEL RIVES LLP & UTAH TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL   ...Read More

Featured Articles

Fighting the Cancer Battle

Tried and Tested

Sections

Business Trends
Rise to the Challenge

EntrepreneurEdge
Fire, Ready, Aim!

Economic Insight
A Diversity of Gifts

Executive Living
Quick Escape

Legal Briefs
Who’s the Boss?

Lessons Learned
From Unlimited Vacation to Unlimited Productivity

Money Talk
Weighing the Costs

Spotlight
Shauna Sloan: Growing Kid to Kid from Concept to 100 Stores

Spotlight
Patti Case: Helping Businesses Go Green

Special Report
2014 Legislative Session

Reader's Choice
Salt Lake Power Yoga: Bringing the Heat Since 2012

TechKnowledge
Tech Tune Up

Around Utah
Salt Lake Area

Around Utah
Utah Valley

Around Utah
Southern Utah

Around Utah
Wasatch/Summit Area

Around Utah
Northern Utah

Players
Players

Industry Outlook
Advertising and Marketing

Article

Utah Valley

April 10, 2014

Utah County Gavel Company Fills a Unique Niche

By Devin Felix

Springville – Dave Giles is a soft-spoken, unassuming man with a business that serves people in some very loud and assuming situations. Giles makes every gavel that is pounded by the celebrity du jour during the ceremonial closing or opening of the New York Stock Exchange. He also makes every gavel wielded during the Democratic National Convention every four years.

Giles is the owner of THE GAVEL STORE, a company that makes and sells custom gavels from a small workshop in an industrial area of Springville. It’s a niche business, but he’s been able to make a living from gavels since the mid-1990s thanks to an early presence on the internet and quality craftsmanship.

In 1996, the early days of online commerce, Giles recognized the potential of the internet for reaching a huge range of potential customers, a necessity for selling niche products. Now he just needed a product. He soon got the idea of selling gavels. Giles’ father had been co-owner of a mill in Provo, and he had made and given away gavels to local organizations as a way to promote the mill’s larger woodworking jobs.

“I was looking for some extra pocket change and I put some gavels on the internet,” Giles says. “About a week later I had an order. And the rest was history.”

Most of the gavels he sells are intended as gifts to congratulate new board chairs, presidents or others in leadership positions. He also makes and sells the sound blocks people strike the gavel against, as well as commemorative plaques and other trophies. About a quarter of his business is produced for Masonic organizations around the world.

Giles sells gavels in a variety of styles and sizes, from miniature to a 36-inch decorative gavel. The traditional wood used for gavels is walnut, though oak is also common. The Gavel Store also sells gavels made of rosewood, acrylic, glass and other materials.

In addition to traditional designs, Giles has made gavels with heads in the shape of houses, apples, baseballs, barrels, bullets, nuts and bolts, and many others. He was commissioned by the state of Alabama to make a gavel with a peanut-shaped head, in honor of the state’s peanut crop, and by the state of Idaho to make one shaped like a potato. “We’ve done everything you can imagine,” Giles says. “I’ll make most anything as long as I’m capable of producing it.”

The Gavel Store operates out of a small shop, where he has several lathes to do his woodworking. About eight years ago he installed a 14-foot long gavel on the building. This helped cut down on the number of confused people who came looking for gravel.

Giles says that while he doesn’t expect his business will ever make him rich, he loves the work and hopes to continue well into the future. “It’s been a fun business,” he says. “Everything else I’ve done has always had stress and demands. With this you just plug along. You make a gavel and you send it on its way.”

 

Orem – JIVE COMMUNICATIONS announced the expansion of its Utah County operations under an incentive agreement with the GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. The company plans to add more than 570 jobs over the next five years.

Provo – LODGING DYNAMICS HOSPITALITY GROUP made its first acquisition through its affiliated equity fund, LD HOTEL GROUP I, LLC, a 102-room Staybridge Suites in Omaha, Neb.

Lindon – PRECISION CONCRETE CUTTING was ranked No. 1 in overall satisfaction for the service category and class size in a survey of franchisees done by the Franchise Business Review. The rankings placed Precision Concrete Cutting No. 3 overall.

Provo – SUB ZERO ICE CREAM & YOGURT signed a contract with Bernard Trade Group of Costa Rica to expand into Mexico and South and Central America, beginning this year in Costa Rica.

Provo – VIVINT SOLAR completed three new tax equity transactions, enabling the funding of approximately $280 million worth of solar systems. The terms and financial institutions involved in these financings were not disclosed.

Provo – The PROVO DOJO hosted an open house featuring its new building, which will house CODING CAMPUS, VERISAGE and other companies that have been housed at Provo Dojo.

Orem – The ninth annual Big Business and Technology Expo took place at UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY. More than 180 exhibitors filled the UCCU Center for the expo.

Provo-Orem – Healthways ranked the PROVO-OREM area the community with the best well-being nationwide in its annual Well-Being Index. Among the reasons was the fact that Provo-Orem has the lowest self-reported smoking rate at 7 percent.

 

 

Utah Business Social
UB Events View All
2014 Fast 50 EventUtah Business Event
Aug 28, 2014
Utah Business magazine along with presenting sponsors Kirton McConkie, CBIZ, MHM, LLC and Newmark...
Community Events View All
62nd Annual Utah State History Conference
Aug 25, 2014
Thirteen thousand years of Utah's history will come alive through nearly 60 presentations on Utah...
Linux LPIC-1 Exam Prep Course 1
Aug 27, 2014
Designed to provide the essential skills needed to be proficient at the UNIX or Linux command lin...

info@utahbusiness.com  |  90 South 400 West, Ste 650 Salt Lake City, Utah 84101   |  (801) 568-0114

Advertise with Utah Business

Submit an Event

* indicates required information
* Event Name:
Price (general):
Website (if applicable):
Coordinator's Name:
Coordinator's Email:
Coordinator's Phone:
Venue Name:
Venue Address:
Venue City:
Venue Zip:
Event Capacity:
Date(s):
to
* Event Description:
  Cancel